Franck Ribéry

2010-05-13 16:21
Age: 26
Position: Forward or midfielder
Club: Bayern Munich

Ribéry is an energetic player with amazing skills who burst into the limelight at the 2006 World Cup and has matured to become one of the world's top players.

Often used as a winger by Domenech but happy to take over the playmaking duties, Ribéry has been hampered by a string of injuries and was sorely missed in the latter stages of France's dismal qualifying campaign.

Since joining Bayern, Ribéry has been recognised on the world stage as one of the best French players of his generation. The previous talisman of Les Bleus, Zinedine Zidane, has called Ribéry the "jewel of French football".

Ribéry represented his nation at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. At the 2006 World Cup, he scored his first international goal against Spain and played in the final match against Italy. Ribéry is a two-time winner of the French Player of the Year award and has also been named to the UEFA Team of the Year once.

He is currently involved in an under-age sex scandal which has blighted his personal reputation, although he is still a key player for Bayern Munich, and is being sought by Premiership club Manchester United.

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